Spotlight Issue: November 1998

County Players Brings You
How the Other Half Loves

County Players,   Inc. presents the sophisticated comedy How the Other Half Loves written by Alan Ayckbourn. Performances are Nov. 6,   7, 13, 14, 20 and 21, 1998 at 8:00 PM at the County Players Falls Theater, 15 West Main Street in Wappingers Falls. Tickets for these Friday and Saturday performances are $12.00 for adults and $10.00 for senior citizens and children under 12.

How the Other Half Loves is a comedy of ingenuity and verve, written by the famed British playwright Alan Ayckbourn, who is a master at portraying marital muddles. The plot centers around two couples whose lives are intertwined by the infidelity of the wife of one with the husband of another. Things get stickier with the presence of an innocent and unwitting third couple who are foils for the adulterers. Both living rooms are shown in the single set, and both share a common dining room – which takes on a character of its own as it serves two dinners simultaneously on two different nights. The dialogue is rapid, witty and intelligent. Under the sure hand of veteran director Rachel Cassidy, the talented cast of, How the Other Half Loves is sure to give the theatergoer a night of delicious humor. Featured in this brilliant farce are: Kevin Barnes, Nadine Cooper, Peter Franklin, Brian Hollander, Zsuzsa Manna and Kathleen Morris.

Rachel Cassidy is a long time veteran director with County Players and states, “Directing How the Other Half Loves is one of the most interesting and entertaining theatrical projects I have ever tackled”. Cassidy further states, “The humor, sophistication and the depth of the story, and the complex staging present challenges to cast and crew alike. Ayckbourn’s language is crisp, and to see this splendid cast bring these wonderful characters to life makes this play an absolute joy”.

Box Office Update

To obtain tickets for How the Other Half Loves or any of our other productions you should:

  • call the County Players Box Office at 298-1491. Voice mail is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • come in person between 6:00 and 9:00 PM on October 27, 29, November 1 – 7, 10, 12, 17, 19.
  • Visa and Mastercard now accepted.

All tickets are nonrefundable

Upcoming Auditions

Auditions for Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon will be held on Sunday, Nov. 15, and Monday, Nov. 16 at 7:00 PM. Needed are two men ages 30s-40s, two women ages 30s-40s, one older woman, and two young men teens to early 20s. Production dates in February 1999. For more information, please call director Jeff Wilson at 297-8148.

Auditions for Into The Woods by Steven Sondheim and James Lapine will be held on Sunday January 24 and Monday January 25, 1999 at 7:00 PM. This show will have a fairly large cast and will afford many solos. Please prepare a song from a Broadway show. Actors can expect to sing, dance and read lines for the audition. Production dates are in May 1999.

Ushers Always Needed

Want to help out at the theater but can’t make a big commitment? Have an extra weekend evening free? Ushering could be just the thing for you! If you could usher for any performance of How the Other Half Loves, please call Grace Padworski at 297-8527 or Holly Padworski at 831-7169

County Players History

Twenty years ago: In November 1978, County Players produced Fay and Michael Kanin’s famous play Rashomon. That cast included two area residents still very active in CP today. Bill Peckham and Rachel Cassidy graced the stage then and do again these days. Bill recently directed Rashomon in Rhinebeck and Rachel is directing the current production at CP

Ten years ago: In December 1988, the play in production at CP was Agatha Christie’s Go Back for Murder. At that time, we only gave four performances of each show (except musicals). We decided to go to six performances of each show when the demand for tickets exceeded the capacity of our theater.

From the President

The year is off and running. Thanks to Joe Gayton and cast for their fine work on Twilight of the Golds. It was a fine production in is characteristic of the quality of theatre our audiences have come to expect – and we deliver! The November production of How the Other Half Loves will, again, present to our audience a comedy not often produced locally. This production is directed by Rachel Cassidy. It’s a great show and you will be rewarded with a laugh-filled evening.

Work continues in the theater. The walls are nearly completed as numerous coats of paint have been applied, the wainscoting has been painted a dark color, and we are readily the building for the winter. If you have some spare time and would like to assist in any of the many maintenance tasks and special projects, give Peter Edman (297-7521) or Doug Woolley (485-3002) a call. They would be glad to hear from you.

Our season membership drive is over and we can boast 950 season subscribers. This is a great foundation of support and we thank you for your continued interest in County Players. Come on down to the Theater and have some fun!

Tom Lawrence – President

Theater Update

You may notice some improvements in the look of our theater since your last visit. We have replaced the brown cloth wall covering and wainscoting with painted sheet rock, acoustic panels and new wainscoting in the auditorium. The result is a more refined look and improved acoustics. We strive to keep improving our theater. Future projects under consideration include new seating, additional electrical capacity for theater lighting, and painting on the exterior brick. If you have a suggestion as to how we might make the Falls Theater a better place for you, our customers, please let us know. We appreciate all constructive criticism.

CP on the Web

As we have said in the past, CP has a web site on the Internet. On October 21 we moved our web site to our own domain name. We can now be found on the web at http://www.countyplayers.org Come and visit us on-line. You’ll find subscription information, seating charts, photos of shows past and present, driving directions, and much more. In the future, we’re hoping to bring you e-mail and on-line ticket sales. Stay tuned for future developments.